10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the last week, including details of what proposed planning policy reforms for England mean for the environment and Bristol City Council’s clean air zone plan

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1. Changes to planning rules on habitats and air quality unveiled
New requirements for councils to plan for the enhancement of natural capital and to take air quality fully into account in plan-making and decision-taking are contained in proposed revisions to England’s key planning policy blueprint. A long-awaited draft version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published for consultation by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 5 March, includes updates to the text of the existing framework that are intended to align the blueprint with DEFRA’s 25-Year Environment Plan. MORE.

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